Shocking prison drugs video- The News of the World- Double page spread- Exclusive video story- *February 2010*

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Secret video reveals shocking drugs epidemic in jail.

TODAY the News of the World reveals shocking video PROOF of the scandalous drug plague rampaging INSIDE Britain's prisons.

Secret footage filmed over NINE MONTHS by an inmate on his illicit mobile phone shows convicts at Winchester Prison injecting HEROIN, smoking CRACK COCAINE, puffing CANNABIS and ogling smuggled-in hardcore PORN.

And the dealers are making fortunes up to 5,000-a-week thanks to the lucrative triple whammy of being inside - low overheads with free food and board, hiked-up drug prices because of the risk, and no drug cops or rival gangsters hell-bent on shutting them down.

Our extraordinary video clips catch 12 different cons getting high on killer drugs while sitting in their cells.

In one scene a young lad is slipping into unconsiousness after injecting himself with potentially lethal heroin.

As he battles the effects his cellmate slaps him across the face in a desperate attempt to revive him.

A onetime inmate and drug pusher told us: "When they slump over like that it can cause their heart to stop. And he's fighting it.

"It's horrific to watch. He's obviously taken too much. With heroin you never know the strength and if you inject it too quickly you're a goner."

In another disturbing clip a con takes over 10 hits on a crack pipe made from a Robinsons' squash bottle and an old Bic ballpoint.

As he pulls away with a weird grin his eyes roll back in his head.

The camera even catches a drug deal between two inmates - one handing over a 10 note for a small lump of crack.

Incredibly all the footage we uncovered was shot inside a so-called "drug-free" wing where all inmates have been awarded a certificate to show they have been tested and are clean.

Once they move into the wing, they benefit from the extra privacy of an en suite bathroom and more time in the communal gardens.

But junkies and dealers slip through the net thanks to corrupt genuinely drug-free cons who cash in by SELLING their untainted urine at testing time and HIDING the drug barons' illegal stashes.


Our source explained: "The junkies keep the little pot of drug-free urine up their backside before they go to the test - it avoids suspicion if it's still warm."

Our informant added that although cash is banned throughout UK prisons, inmates with access to money outside can lead quite luxurious lives. "You can get any sort of drug and anything else you want as long as you have the funds," he said.

"When I was inside I had a Sky TV box, PlayStation, mobile phone and plenty of porn. It was a home from home.

"Some say it's like a holiday camp but I reckon it's BETTER - because the drugs are far easier to come by."

Winchester can hold up to 700 prisoners and our old lag is convinced 80 per cent were hooked on heroin when he was inside last year.

"Drugs are everywhere and it takes a strong willpower to turn them down, especially when you've nothing else to do," he said.

"You've just been banged up, your girlfriend or wife dumps you, then you look around at all these people as high as a kite. You just want to escape and before you know it you've a drug problem.

"Some youngsters come into prison having never taken drugs and leave as addicts."

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